School holiday swimming lessons

Boost your swimming with our crash courses and one-to-one lessons during the school holidays!

These lessons will have smaller group sizes and are a perfect way to boost your child's swimming ability - the online progress records will be linked with your child's weekly lessons so if they pass all outcomes they will be able to move up in their weekly lessons.

As an added incentive to book, there is a 25% discount for existing swimming lessons customers!

Crash course group lessons

Lesson times (for further info on each class type see the bottom of this page)

8am - stage four and five breast stroke and butterfly booster

8.30am - stage three

9am - pre school stage one for three to four year olds

9.30am - pre school stage two for four year olds

10am - stage one for five plus year olds 

10.30am - stage two

Week 1 - Monday 8 to Friday 12 April

Five 30 minute sessions

Price: existing swimming lessons customers £19.80 / new customers £26.40

Centres: Birtley Swimming Centre with Clare; Blaydon Leisure Centre with Graeme

Week 2 - Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April

Four 30 minute sessions

Price: existing swimming lessons customers £15.84 / new customers £21.12

Centres: Dunston Leisure Centre with Amanda; Gateshead Leisure Centre with Graeme

One-to-one lessons

One-to-one lessons can be booked for children or adults. The teacher will be in the water with the pupil and will be able to focus directly on what the pupil needs to work on. You can book one lesson or as many as you want!

30-minute lessons

Price: existing swimming lessons customers £15 per lesson / new customers £20 per lesson

Week one - Monday to Friday at 11am and 11.30am  - Birtley Swimming Centre with Clare; Blaydon Leisure Centre with Graeme

Week two - Monday to Thursday at 11am and 11.30am - Dunston Leisure Centre with Amanda; Gateshead Leisure Centre with Graeme

How to book

New customers should register for for your preferred class. Existing customers email aquatics@gateshead.gov.uk with the name of the pupil and the centre, stage and time required. We will book you on remotely adding the debt to your account to pay the next time you are in centre. You will receive an email by Thursday 28 March to confirm the booking. 

We will not be taking bookings in the centre until Friday 29 March.

Class types

Stage four and five, breast stroke and butterfly booster 

Held at 8am, this class is aimed at stage four and stage five pupils, and will primarily work on breast stroke and butterfly strokes. These are the most common outcomes which pupils need help with. The classes will be based mainly in the small pool/improver pool, so that technique can be worked on without worrying about the water depth. There will be some time spent in deeper water. Maximum group size will be eight.

Stage 3 

Held at 8.30am, this class is aimed at pupils in stage three. Maximum group size will be eight.

Pre-school stage one, for three to four year olds 

Held at 9am, this class is aimed at children who have not had lessons before. Pupils must be under five years old and a minimum of three years old. The maximum group size will be six and the teacher will be in the water. There is no need for the parent to go in the water. At the discretion of the teacher, children who attend this course will be permitted to join our standard stage evening classes. This is subject to turning four, normal rules are that they would also have to be in reception year at school.

Pre-school stage two, for four year olds 

Held at 9.30am, this class is aimed at children who have attended adult and child lessons previously who are confident in the water. Children must be aged under five years and a minimum of four years old. The maximum group size will be six and the teacher will be in the water. There is no need for the parent to go in the water. At the discretion of the teacher, children who attend this course will be permitted to join our standard stage evening classes. Normal rules are that they would have to be in reception year at school.

Stage one, for five year olds 

Held at 10am, this class is aimed at existing stage one swimmers or children who have not had lessons before. Children must be aged five years plus.  The maximum group size will be six and the teacher will be in the water. There is no need for the parent to go in the water.

Stage two

Held at 10.30am, this class is aimed at existing stage two swimmers. Maximum group size will be six and the teacher will be in the water.

One-to-ones

Held at 10.30 and 11am, the pupil will get a full 30-minutes of individual tuition with the teacher in the water. One-to-one lessons are for both children and adults. It can be used as a booster for pupils already in our lessons, but new customers can also join and no previous swimming experience is necessary. Pupils will be taught skills appropriate to their ability in a water depth suitable for them. This will be part of the normal public session.